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FOOD & FITNESS / FEB. 07, 2014
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Five Breakfast Recipes That You Can Make the Day Before

By now we all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s been forced down our throats that, if you don’t eat breakfast, you’ll never loose weight and you won’t have the necessary energy to get you through the day.

According to Milton Stokes, RD, MPH, chief dietitian for St. Barnabas Hospital in New York City, "breakfast skippers replace calories during the day with mindless nibbling and bingeing at lunch and dinner. They set themselves up for failure."

But it’s difficult to find time to eat breakfast (what’s more, a healthy breakfast) when you have to get into the habit of getting to work on time. You end up grabbing a McMuffin with your coffee on the subway station or not eating anything at all.

Not all of us are blessed with fully equipped kitchens at the office where you can spend half an hour making a proper, healthy breakfast everyday. So to make your life (and your diet) a little easier, why not make your breakfast the night before? You can eat it at home before you leave or even pack it in and eat at your desk while you check your morning mails.

And don’t worry; you won’t have to slave away in the kitchen every night now. Many of these recipes make enough to last you the week and don’t take more than 20 minutes.

Oatmeal cakes

Don’t let the word ‘cake’ put you off. This might be the healthiest cake you ever baked.

What you’ll need:

1 ripe banana

1/2 cup dry oats 


1/4 cup brown sugar 


1 teaspoon cinnamon


1/4 cup blueberries

1 tablespoon coconut flakes

2 tablespoon cocoa powder (if you want to get in your chocolate fix)


Method

Mash the banana. Add everything else. Spoon it into a greased, microwave proof bowl. Microwave for 4 minutes. Let it cool and store in the fridge. Simply increase the amounts to make a bigger cake or more small ones.

Breakfast bars

These are great for eating and commuting.

What you’ll need:

1 cup peanut butter


3/4 cup honey


1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


1/4 teaspoon cinnamon


3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats


1 cup toasted almonds


1/2 cup raisins or any dried fruit and nuts you have at home

Method

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Combine peanut butter and honey in a saucepan over a medium heat for three to five minutes or until melted. Stir in vanilla and cinnamon. Add oats, almonds and other fruit. Spoon into a greased baking pan and bake for 15 minutes. Let cool completely and cut into bars.

Cranberry muesli

By far the easiest recipe on the list

What you’ll need:

1/2 cup low-fat plain yogurt

1/2 cup unsweetened cranberry juice

6 tablespoons old-fashioned rolled oats

2 tablespoons dried cranberries

1 tablespoon unsalted sunflower seeds

1 tablespoon wheat germ

2 teaspoons honey

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/8 teaspoon salt

Method

Combine everything, cover and refrigerate for at least eight hours or up to one day.

Boiled eggs and hummus with on rye bread

You’ll need a bit of a kitchen at the office to make this one, unless you’re comfortable with carrying an egg sandwich with you on the bus or train.

What you’ll need:

2 eggs

2 slices of 100% rye bread

Low fat hummus

Method

Place eggs in a saucepan. You can boil up to six eggs at a time to save you more preparation time the next day. Place uncovered on the stove and wait for the water to reach boiling point. Boil for 7 minutes for hard-boiled eggs (you don’t want egg yellow to drip on your keyboard). Take eggs, bread and hummus to work and construct a quick sandwich.

Healthy banana bread

This is if you feel like spoiling yourself a little

What you’ll need:

2 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup butter

2 large eggs

1 1/2 cups mashed ripe banana (about 3 bananas)

1/3 cup plain low-fat yogurt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Method 

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Combine flour, baking soda and salt. Place sugar and softened butter in a large bowl and beat until well blended. Add one egg at a time, beating well in between. Add banana and vanilla and beat again. Add flour mixture and beat until moist. Spoon batter into a greased loaf pan and bake for one hour. Allow cooling.

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